Congressman Rooney Tours Conservancy of Southwest Florida with House Appropriations Sub-Committee Chairmen Diaz-Balart and Simpson
Naples, FL- Yesterday, Congressman Francis Rooney visited the Conservancy of Southwest Florida along with Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Mario Diaz-Balart and Chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Mike Simpson.
Congressman Rooney stated, “I would like to thank the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for the hands-on tour of Everglades restoration projects this afternoon. I am thankful to Chairmen Simpson and Diaz-Balart for their work on appropriations for these critical South Florida projects. Seeing the effects on Florida’s environment and economy is vital to securing the additional dollars necessary to complete the federal obligation to our Everglades.”
Congressman Diaz-Balart said, “I am glad to join Congressmen Rooney and Simpson in a visit to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and receive an update on the continued restoration of the Everglades. As the Co-founder and Co-chair of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, I know how important it is to keep these projects on track. I am glad to have worked with Congressman Simpson and my Appropriations Committee colleagues to obtain critical funds for restoration efforts, including the federal dollars that we secured in today’s passage of the funding bill. I would like to thank Congressman Rooney for his passion and commitment to this issue, and look forward to continue working with him to preserve the Everglades for future generations.”
The delegation toured the Wavering-Shotwell Filter Marsh, to see how a filter marsh functions as one would under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), and the Dalton Discovery Center, an immersive and interactive experience that illustrates the flow of water from the uplands through the Everglades and out to the Gulf of Mexico.
Congressman Rooney has previously welcomed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment Ken Calvert, on visits to the Everglades. In addition, Congressman Rooney has sent a letter to President Trump, co-signed by every member of the Florida Congressional delegation, that called on the President to support Everglades Restoration projects in his fiscal year 2018 Budget. He has also authored a letter to the Interior and Environment Appropriations Committee requesting funding for Everglades projects. Congressman Rooney is a member of the Everglades Caucus and the Estuary Caucus.